Walmart abandons plan to have robots check store inventories — Engadget

The retail giant found the humans could do just as good a job, writes Steve Dent. Here is the link: https://www.engadget.com/walmart-abandons-plan-to-have-robots-check-inventories-112907958.html

Canadian 3D-robotics supply chain company Attabotics raises $50M Series C round

Canadian 3D-robotics supply chain company Attabotics, has raised $50 million in a Series C funding round.

University of Minnesota: Engineers 3D-print sensors onto organs

A technique developed by University of Minnesota researchers allows 3D printing of hydrogel-based sensors directly on the surface of organs, such as lungs—even as they expand and contract.

Georgia Tech: Slow robots called Slothbots can linger in the environment for long times

Robotics engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have built a slow-moving and energy-efficient robot, called (what else?) the Slothbot. 

Qualcomm launches 5G and AI-enabled robotics platform

Qualcomm has unveiled its Robotics RB5 platform, which the company says is the world's first 5G and AI-enabled robotics platform.

Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot dog now available for $74,500– IEEE Spectrum

For the price of a luxury car, you can now get a very smart, very capable, very yellow robotic dog, writes Evan Ackerman. Here is the link: https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/industrial-robots/boston-dynamics-spot-robot-dog-now-available

IBM working on autonomous ship to cross the Atlantic Ocean

IBM has joined a global consortium of partners, led by marine research organization ProMare, that are building an unmanned, fully-autonomous ship that will cross the Atlantic on the fourth centenary of the original Mayflower voyage in September 2020.

Simbe raises $26M

Simbe Robotics as raised a Series A funding round. 

Briggo ropes in Foxconn to make robotic baristas

Austin-based Briggo, creators of a robotic barista, have inked an agreement with Foxconn Industrial Internet (Fii), to produce Briggo's autonomous Coffee Hauses. 

Boston Dynamics’ robots are preparing to leave the lab — Is the world ready?...

Boston Dynamics now faces its biggest challenge yet: turning its stable of robots into an actual business, writes James Vincent. Here is the link: https://www.theverge.com/2019/7/17/20697540/boston-dynamics-robots-commercial-real-world-business-spot-on-sale

The second coming of the robot pet — Wired

Robotics startups are rolling out more and more companion bots, designed for the sole purpose of friendship, writes Arielle Pardes. Here is the link: https://www.wired.com/story/the-second-coming-of-the-robot-pet/

Augean Robotics raises $1.5M

Augean Robotics has raised a $1.5 million seed funding round.

Flir acquires Endeavor Robotics for $385 million

Flir Systems has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Endeavor Robotics from Arlington Capital Partners for $385 million in cash.

Four-legged walking robot is smaller than an ant’s face – IEEE Spectrum

The microrobot measures 2.5 mm x 1.6 mm x 0.7 mm, writes Evan Ackerman. Here is the link: https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hardware/four-legged-walking-robot-is-smaller-than-an-ants-face

SoftBank alumni launches robot companion designed to love humans — CNBC

Groove X, founded by an ex-SoftBank employee, has opened pre-orders for its robot pet “Lovot", writes Chloe Taylor. Here is the link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/18/softbank-alumni-launches-robot-companion-designed-to-love-humans.html